For the first time in four years the world’s most famous billiard players Willie Hoppe and Jake Schaefer will meet in a championship match,which opens in Auditorium Recital hall tonight.A new title will be at stake,the world’s 28.2 balkline crown.Hoppe and Schaefer will play for 2500 points.These points must be made in the ten sessions of the match,250 points constituting a block.
It is a complicated game,best described by calling it the most open of all billiard competition.It offers an opportunity to bring in to play every shot known in billiards.Rules for the game call for a line to be drawn vertically from spot to spot and cross lines from side to side through each of the two spots.Four anchors six inches square,are inserted at the base of each sideline.Thus there are four areas of 28 inches,plus the anchors and a player is permitted to make no more than two caroms in any of the restricted areas without driving one of the balls over a balk or anchor line.
Schaefer was the first of the two great players to take a fancy to the game and three months ago challenged Hoppe for a match.Hoppe then gave it a trial and like Schaefer came to an immediate conclusion that from a spectacular viewpoint it would be the most thrilling of all billiard games.Both have been practicing for two months.Schaefer is credited with a practice run of 173 points and Hoppe with an unfinished run of 128 points.The game has possibilities of developing considerable international competition and is the most popular of all billiard games played in the largest cities of Europe.
Source:Chicago Daily Tribune 1937
The 28.2 balkline was an American variation of cadre 71/2(six blocks)and the lines were drawn so as to produce only four blocks.
Schaefer beat Hoppe for 1937 title 2500-2162.The match went 136 innings with victor’s grand average being 18.38 and 15.89 for Hoppe.High runs:Schaefer 99,Hoppe 100.
Schaefer retained 28.2 title for 1938 beating Cochran 3500-2676.This title was the end for all balkline games in America.(New York Times 1938,American Billiard Association Handbook)